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About 'SayYes'

Statistics reflect that women account for 49.58% of the global world population and in India, women make up 48%. These numbers reflect that the new world economic order requires women to lead from the front and be equal beneficiaries of the country’s economic growth.

However, the practical scenario is very different. India has slipped to the 128th spot in 2021 (from its 112th position in 2020) in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index covering 156 economies. The pandemic has also served to exacerbate the situation, where female labour participation rate in India fell to 16.1% during July-September 2020, the lowest among major economies reflecting the impact of a widening job crisis. In India alone, over 70 lakh Indian women have dropped out of work around late 2020 – early 2021.

This bleak scenario only calls out the need of the hour- the return of women to the working population and the recognition, that if women increased their participation, the annual GDP of India can be increased 60% above its projected figure by 2025.

Given this scenario, the Southern Region of CII-IWN as part of their initiative on Leadership development present to you their Annual Leadership Conclave, ‘Say Yes’. This year, the chosen theme, given the present scenario of a hybrid workforce and the fact that women have successfully battled all odds of balancing their life at home and at work, we present ‘Say Yes -Be Yourself’.

‘Say Yes - Be Yourself’ is an ode to all of us, for just being us, to stay on our chosen paths to understand it takes each one to make one and to understand that leadership is about what we bring to the fore, our ethos and beliefs and as each drop makes the ocean, so many differences come together to create a universe of similarity.

This abstract theme of oneself and oneness breaks into various sub-themes exploring themes of Being a Leader, Being an Entrepreneur, being a Social Citizen, Being a Corporate Citizen, all avenues explored while being true to oneself, being you.

We invite you to explore and present the best of you.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

For 125 years, CII has been working on shaping India’s development journey and, this year, more than ever before, it will continue to proactively transform Indian industry’s engagement in national development.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with about 9100 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 288 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, livelihoods, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and sustainable development, to name a few.

With the Theme for 2021-22 as 'Building India for a New World: Competitiveness, Growth, Sustainability, Technology. The multipliers build upon CII's work in the previous year, while also taking forward the agenda in new directions. CII will work with Government and industry to bring back growth to the economy and mitigate the enormous human cost of the pandemic by protecting jobs and livelihoods. With 68 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 11 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 394 counterpart organizations in 133 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

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Women account for 48% of India’s population, but have not been equal beneficiaries of the country’s economic growth. India slipped to the 112th spot (from its 108th position in 2018) in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2020 which covered 153 economies. Only one-quarter of women compared with 82% of men, engage actively in the labour market - one of the lowest participation rates in the world. Women account for 14% of leadership roles and 30% of professional and technical workers. Female political representation remains a concern too: 14.4% of the parliament and 23% of the cabinet.

The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has also served to accentuate the problem.

In 2013, CII launched the Indian Women Network (IWN) with a vision of co-creatingecosystems that enable women to live up to their full economic potential. Through advocacy, knowledge creation and on-ground interventions, IWN strives to promote equal opportunities for women to participate, grow and flourish in the Indian economy. With presence in 16 States, 8 Zones and 1 Union Territory across India, IWN actively engage its members on leadership, wellbeing, gender diversity, mentorship & networking.

IWN works towards enabling women to become better professionals and achievers in their respective fields through initiatives and activities to facilitate a supportive network; a platform to learn and exchange ideas and an avenue to network and grow. This is supplemented by exposing women to new opportunities presented by the ecosystem with the objective of inclusion and growth of women in the workforce and in enhancing their contribution to the progress of India.

IWN is spread around the country; in the cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur, Indore, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore, Salem and Erode.

With 9 active chapters across Southern States, IWN is actively engaging its members across policy advocacy, leadership, wellbeing, gender diversity, mentorship and networking. IWN works to ensure that women are an intrinsic & equitable partners in the workforce through initiatives that will have an impact on their lives, livelihood and in getting growth back. In line with the CII’s theme for its 125th year, ‘Building India for the New World’, IWN pledges to build an inclusive, sustainable and a balanced nation by instilling gender parity across all forms of economic participation.

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Meet Our

Steering Committee



“Shalini”

Ms Shalini Warrier

Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region &
Executive Director
Federal Bank

“Shobha”

Ms Shobha Dixit

Deputy Chairwoman, IWN SR &
Director
Alpla India Ltd

Rajani

Ms Rajani Seshadri

Immediate Past Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region
& Co-Founder and Director
IndePenn Connections Pvt Ltd

“Shirin”

Ms Shirin Salis

Lead - Mentoring Program, IWN Southern Region &
Vice President – Human Resource
Trane Technologies, India

“Hema”

Ms Hema Mani

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu &
Regional Director (HR) – Asia Pacific
Lennox International

Uma

Dr Uma Aysola

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Telangana &
Head - Alliances & Partnerships
ACCESS Health International

“Meera”

Ms Meera Haridas

Chairwoman, IWN Kerala &
Director
Verkenner Business Associates Pvt Ltd

“Savitha”

Ms Savitha K Jagadeesan

Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone &
Senior Resident Partner
Kochhar & Co

“Senthamarai”

Dr Senthamarai Gokulakrishnan

Co-Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone &
Co-Founder & Director
Betamonks Technology Factory Pvt Ltd

“Annie”

Dr Annie Jacob

Lead Leadership Vertical
IWN Chennai Zone & Director
KCG College of Technology

“Priya”

Ms Priya Kathirvelu

Core Council Member, IWN Southern Region &
Consultant
Leadership Development

Anamika

Ms Anamika Saraogi

Chairwoman, IWN Puducherry &
Proprietress
Clay & Glaze

“Prasanthi”

Ms Prasanthi Dandamudi

Chairwoman, IWN Andhra Pradesh &
Executive Manager
Efftronics Systems Pvt Ltd

Meet Our

Speakers



T V Narendran

T V Narendran

President
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Tata Steel Ltd

Chandrajit Banarjee

Dr Chandrajit Banerjee

Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry

Vaishali Nigam Sinha

Ms Vaishali Nigam Sinha

Chairperson
CII National Committee on Women Empowerment and IWN; Founding Chair
ReNew Foundation & Chief Sustainability Office
ReNew Power

Ms T Sarita Reddy

Ms T Sarita Reddy

National Co-Chairwoman
IWN & Managing Director
Gayatri Sugars Ltd

Shalini

Ms Shalini Warrier

Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Executive Director
Federal Bank

Ms Shobha Dixit

Ms Shobha Dixit

Deputy Chairwoman
IWN Southern Region & Director
Alpla India Pvt Ltd

Ms Rajani Seshadri

Ms Rajani Seshadri

Immediate Past Chairwoman
IWN Southern Region & Co-Founder and Director
IndePenn Connections Pvt Ltd

Dr Harpreet A De Singh

Dr Harpreet A De Singh

Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Air
Executive Director
Air India & Recipient of the
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award

Anju

Ms Anju Bobby George

Indian Athlete Turned Coach
Founder Anju Bobby Sport Foundation &
Vice President Athletics Federation of India (AFI)

Rajeshwari

Dr Rajeshwari Narendran

Professor (HR/OB)
Former Head & Director (MHRM)
M L Sukhadia University
Udaipur & Visiting Professor
IIM Udaipur & IIM Ahmedabad

Suresh

Dr Suresh Bhagavatula

Professor - Entrepreneurship
IIM Bangalore

Raghu

Mr Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Chief Mentor
Rithambara Ashram
Nilgiris & Director
Flame Tao Knoware Pvt Ltd

Nirupa

Ms Nirupa Shankar

Executive Director
Brigade Group & Creator and Founder
Brigade REAP

Jaya

Ms Jayadevi Cholayil

Founder & Creative Head Jullaaha
Co-Founder Sadhev & DirectorMedimix

Aastha

Ms Aastha Grover

Senior AVP & Head
Startup India Hub
Invest India

Bindu

Ms Bindu Ananth

Co-Founder and Chair
Dvara Trust

Sathish

Mr T Sathish Kumar

Chairman & Managing Director
Milky Mist Dairy Food Private Ltd

Kainaz

Ms Kainaz Messman Harchandrai

Co-Founder & Creative Director
Theobrama Foods Pvt Ltd

Harini

Ms Harini Sivakumar

Founder & CEO
Building Earth Rhythm

Ekta

Dr Ekta Chaudhary

Entrepreneur,
Garden up

Natarajan

Dr R Natarajan IRS

International Athlete
Asst. Commissioner of Customs - Preventive General Anti Smuggling & Honorary Director
India Sports Promotion Agency

Amritha

Ms Amritha Sampathkumar

Sports Commentator

Alisha

Ms Alisha Abdullah

India’s First Female National Racing Champion &
India’s Only Woman Super Bike Racer

Krishna

Ms Krishna Guha Roy

Director IT/CIO – South Asia Region
Nestle India Limited

Tanvi

Ms Tanvi Bhatt

Founder
Tanvi Bhatt International

Subba

Mr Subba Vaidyanathan

Mind Athlete & Co-Founder
Being Sattvaa

Yamuna

Ms Yamuna Sastry

Founder & CEO
Cab Dost & Co-Founder
Dvara Money

Rohini

Dr Rohini Rau

Internal Medicine Physician
Asian Sailing Gold Medallist & TED Fellow

Mohit

Mr Mohit Gundecha

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Jombay

Audrey

Capt Audrey Deepika Maben

Founder: I Can - The Learning Centre School
Aviator & Educator

Margaret

Dr Margaret Faux

Founder & CEO
Synapse Medical

Arthi

Ms Arthi Sairaman

Head - International Sales & Marketing Operations
MTAB Engineers Pvt Ltd

PriyaVaidyanathan

Mrs Priya Vaidyanathan

Program Manager-Customer Connect & Head - IT HOHO
Information Systems
Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd

Minu

Ms Minu Thomas

Vice President - Corporate Information Systems
Synthite Industries Pvt Ltd

Sivapriya

Ms Sivapriya Balagopal

Past Chairwoman
IWN Kerala & Head – New Products Development
Eastern Condiments Ltd

Annie

Dr Annie Jacob

Lead Leadership Vertical
IWN Chennai Zone & Director
KCG College of Technology

Shirin

Ms Shirin Salis

Lead – Mentoring Program
IWN Southern Region& Vice President (HR)
Trane Technologies
India

Hema

Ms Hema Mani

Vice Chairwoman
IWN Tamil Nadu & Regional Director (HR) Asia Pacific
Lennox International

Meera

Ms Meera Haridas

Chairwoman
IWN Kerala & Director
Verkenner Business Associates Pvt Ltd

Purnima

Ms Purnima Kamble

Chairwoman, IWN Telangana & Partner
Fox Mandal & Associates

Nandini

Ms Nandini Sarkar

Chairwoman
IWN Karnataka & Global Equity
Diversity & Inclusion Leader – India
The Boeing Company

Prasanthi

Ms Prasanthi Dandamudi

Chairwoman
IWN Andhra Pradesh & Executive Manager – Customer Support
Efftronics Ltd

Anamika

Ms Anamika Saraogi

Chairwoman
IWN Puducherry & Proprietress
Clay & Glaze

Uma

Dr Uma Aysola

Vice Chairwoman
IWN Telangana & Head – Alliances & Partnerships
ACCESS Health International

Savitha

Ms Savitha K Jagadeesan

Convenor
IWN Chennai Zone & Senior Resident Partner
Kochhar & Co

Senthamarai

Dr Senthamarai Gokulakrishnan

Co-Convenor
IWN Chennai & Co-Founder & Director Betamonks Technology Factory Pvt Ltd

Priya

Ms Priya Kathirvelu

Core Council Member
IWN Southern Region & Consultant – Leadership Development

Seema

Ms Seema Chaturvedi

Founder and Managing Partner, AWE Funds &
Founder and Chair, AWE Foundation

Sujith

Mr Sujith Kumar

AVP & HR Business Leader – Infosys
Founder & Managing Trustee –Maatram Foundation

Navya

Dr Navya Mastanaiah

Team Lead
Lennox India Technology Center (LITC)

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Agenda


CELEBRATING SELF

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
OPENING REMARKS

Ms Shalini Warrier

Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Executive Director, Federal Bank

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Vice President - Corporate Information Systems Synthite Industries Pvt Ltd

Program Manager -Customer Connect & Head - IT HOHO, Information Systems Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd

Team Lead – Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Lennox India Technology Centre

Director – IT / CIO – South Asia Region Nestle India Ltd

AVP & HR Business Leader, Infosys & Founder & Managing Trustee, Maatram Foundation

2:55 PM - 3:30 PM

Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Air, Executive Director, Air India & Recipient of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Excellence Award

Lead, Leadership Vertical, IWN Chennai Zone & Director, KCG College of Technology

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Professor (HR/OB); Former Head & Director (MHRM) M L Sukhadia University, Udaipur & Visiting Professor, IIM Udaipur & IIM Ahmedabad

Convenor, IWN Chennai Zone & Senior Resident Partner, Kochhar & Co.

5:05 PM - 5:35 PM

Chairman & Managing Director Milky Mist Dairy Food Pvt Ltd

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu & Regional Director (HR) - Asia Pacific, Lennox International

5:35 PM - 6:20 PM

Executive Director, Brigade Group & Creator and Founder, Brigade REAP

Founder & Creative Head, Jullaaha Co-Founder, Sadhev & Director, Medimix

Deputy Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Director, Alpla India Ltd

Core Council Member, IWN Southern Region & Consultant – Leadership Development

6:25 PM - 7:25 PM

Indian Athlete Turned Coach Founder, Anju Bobby Sport Foundation & Vice President, Athletics Federation of India (AFI)

Former National Champion in Triple Jump,High Performance Specialist Coach & Founder, Anju Bobby Sports Foundation

Internal Medicine Physician, Asian Sailing Gold Medallist & TED Fellow

India’s First Female National Racing Champion & India’s Only Woman Super Bike Racer

Freelance Sports Broadcaster

International Athlete,Asst. Commissioner of Customs - Preventive General Anti-Smuggling & Honorary Director, India Sports Promotion Agency

7:25 PM - 7:30 PM

Chairwoman, IWN Kerala & Director, Verkenner Business Associates Pvt Ltd


CELEBRATING WITH LEARNING

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
OPENING REMARKS

Ms T Sarita Reddy

National Co-Chairperson,Indian Women Network & Managing Director, Gayathri Sugars

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry

Chairperson, CII National Committee on Women Empowerment and IWN; FoundingChair, ReNew Foundation & Chief Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Chief Mentor, Rithambara Ashram, Nilgiris & Director, Flame Tao Knoware Pvt Ltd

Immediate Past Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Co-Founder and Director, IndePenn Connections Pvt Ltd

5:05 PM - 5:30 PM

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Jombay

Lead – Mentoring Program, IWN Southern Region & Vice President – Human Resource, Trane Technologies

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Mind Athlete & Co-Founder, BeingSattvaa

Chairwoman, IWN Telangana & Partner, Fox Mandal & Associates

6:05 PM - 6:55 PM

Senior AVP & Head,Startup India Hub, Invest India

Co-Founder and Chair, Dvara Trust

Head - International Sales & Marketing Operations, MTAB Engineers Pvt Ltd

Co-Convenor, IWN Chennai & Co-Founder & Director Betamonks Technology Factory Pvt Ltd

6:55 PM - 7:00 PM
6:55 PM - 7:00 PM
Wrap up by

Dr Uma Aysola

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Telangana & Head – Alliances & Partnerships, ACCESS Health International


CELEBRATING ONE ANOTHER

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
OPENING REMARKS

Ms D Prasanthi

Chairwoman, IWN Andhra Pradesh & Executive Manager (Customer Support), EfftronicsSystems Pvt Ltd

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Founder, Tanvi Bhatt International

Past Chairwoman, IWN Kerala & Head – New Products Development, Eastern Condiments Ltd

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Founder& CEO, CabDost& Co-Founder, Dvara Money

Co-Founder & Creative Director Theobroma Foods Pvt Ltd

Founder & CEO Earth Rhythm

Chairwoman, IWN Puducherry & Proprietress, Clay & Glaze

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Professor - Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Chairwoman, IWN Karnataka & Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leader – India, APAC & ANZSP (interim), Boeing

5:05 PM - 5:55 PM

Founder and Managing Partner, AWE Funds & Founder and Chair, AWE Foundation

Founder, GardenUp

Founder & CEO, Synapse Medical Pty Ltd

Founder, I Can - The Learning Centre School & Aviator

Vice Chairwoman, IWN Tamil Nadu & Regional Director (HR)), Lennox India & Lennox Asia

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) & Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tata Steel Ltd

Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Executive Director, Federal Bank

6:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Deputy Chairwoman, IWN Southern Region & Director, Alpla India Ltd

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IWN Leadership Webinars


Title: IWN StarTrek “In Conversation with Anita Bhogle & Harsha Bhogle”

Speakers: Mr Harsha Bhogle , Sports Commentator
Ms Anita Bhogle , Co-Founder, Bizpunditz

Date: 26 August 2020

Title: Creating Entrepreneurship Trail: “Initiation to Innovation – Towards Transformation”

Speakers: Ms Husna Sait , Owner, Brand Limited Edition
Ms Neha Bagaria , Founder & CEO, JobsForHer
Ms Rupa Giani , Independent Retail Fashion Designer & Founder, Quirk Story

Date: 6 October 2020

Title: IWN StarTrek “In Conversation with Viswanathan Anand & Aruna Anand”

Speakers: Mr Viswanathan Anand , Indian Chess Grandmaster
Ms Aruna Anand , Wife of Mr Viswanathan Anand

Date: 10 October 2020

Title: India’s Fight against Pandemics: “Women in the forefront”

Speakers: Ms Suchitra K Ella , Founder Chairwoman, Indian Women Network & Co-Founder & Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International Ltd
Dr Gagandeep Kang , Professor, The Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College
Ms Anu Acharya , Founder & CEO, Maymygenome

Date: 11 November 2020

Title: Women in Corporate Careers

Speakers: Ms Madhavi Lall , Chairwoman, IWN WR & Managing Director and Head – HR, India, Deutsche Bank
Mr A R Unnikrishnan , Chairman, Environmental Sustainability Task Force, CII (SR) & Managing Director, Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd (Glass Business)
Ms Revathi Kant , Chief Design Officer, Titan Company Ltd

Date: 2 December 2020

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